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What You Need To Know About The Coronavirus

[fa icon="calendar"] 1/23/20 9:00 AM / by Safetec

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses in which many different strains can cause illness in humans. This illness which people can get can range from the common cold symptoms to much more severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing, kidney failure, and can be seen to lead to pneumonia in many cases. Some strains which cause the common cold symptoms are very common, but some newer and more severe strains called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV), Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV), and a brand new strain of a novel coronavirus which is unnamed yet all show more severe symptoms and aren't as common but have a much more significant impact on the people affected.

bottleCoronaviruses are zoonotic, which means they are transmitted between animals and people, causing disease in certain animals as well as in humans. The MERS-CoV was transmitted from dromedary camels, and the SARS-CoV was from civet cats. The novel coronavirus in China is currently appearing to all be linked to a seafood market in Wuhan City, which has since been closed. These viruses, however, may originate in animals, but there is also a degree of transmission from human to human in which we have already begun to see in this novel coronavirus. 

This new strain of novel coronavirus was first identified in China and within days was quickly spread also to impact Thailand, Japan, and South Korea. It was found by having cases of pneumonia in China with unknown etiologies and after further testing was found to be a new strain of coronavirus.

Safetec offers many products that are great for preventing the spread of illnesses, such as these coronaviruses being seen around the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the best way to prevent the spread of coronavirus is by washing your hands with soap and water frequently, using alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and utilizing personal protection equipment. Safetec's SaniWash is a great hand soap that will help clean your hands from dirt and germs to help to prevent the spread of coronavirus and many other types of illnesses.

Safetec also offers Instant Fresh Scent or Citrus Scent Hand Sanitizer. The hand sanitizer kills 99.9% of germs and contains 66.5% ethyl alcohol to effectively kill those germs. Keeping your hands clean to prevent the spread of the coronavirus is essential, but it is also important to keep surfaces clean and free of germs. It is important to note that no US or other government agency has provided specific instructions regarding the Wuhan variant of coronavirus. Still, Safetec's SaniZide Pro 1 product has demonstrated efficacy on human coronavirus. The SaniZide Pro 1 is a surface disinfectant which is a ready to use, alcohol-based hospital grade formula is able to kill the coronavirus in just 1 minute. The product comes in either a spray or wipe form and can be used to help clean any of the hard surfaces you need to be disinfected quickly. The EZ-Personal Protection Kit is a pandemic and infection control product that can be disposed of easily, and great for emergency medical vehicles, emergency rooms, clinics, or anywhere PPE is needed.

The coronavirus can cause a wide range of symptoms from minor to very severe, and you must keep yourself protected as much as possible this season with Safetec products through the use of frequent hand washing, hand sanitizer, PPE, and disinfecting surfaces.

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References:
https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/t0117-coronavirus-screening.html
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-01-18/q-a-will-be-i-be-screened-for-coronavirus-at-the-airport

 

Topics: Coronavirus

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